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Vanilla Orchid - Vanilla planifolia $14.00 Heart Garden Nursery

Vanilla Orchid - Vanilla planifolia

Normally $14.00 NOW $12.60

Currently 10cm - This is a cutting with 2 nodes (one for rooting, one for shooting) sent with instructions.

The plant from which vanilla comes is a perennial fleshy, herbaceous climbing vine, supporting itself on the host plant with aerial roots. Under cultivation conditions, vanilla is trained and pruned to a height that will allow hand pollination of the flowers and subsequent harvest of the edible beans.

Vanilla flowers are fragrant, waxy and large. If flowers remain un-pollinated, they last only a day.

The fruit is a capsule, but in the trade of vanilla it is referred to as a bean or pod?. It reaches 10-25cm in length and about 1.5cm in diameter at harvest size. After the beans are harvested and cured they develop their aromatic fragrance.

Hand pollination is necessary. Individual flowers are pollinated in the early morning, directly after opening. A small stick about the size of a toothpick is used. The rostellum is pushed aside and pollen is spread from stamen to stigma.

Vanilla flowers once a year in spring over a period of about two months. If fertilization has been successful, the flowers remain on the rachis for two or three days.

In the wild as a native plant, vanilla grows by climbing on trees in wet tropical jungles from sea level to about 600m, so thrives in a humid, hot climate with consistent rainfall, with two months of dry weather for flowering. The best average temperature for vanilla production is 28 C, but it will tolerate a range between 21-30 C.

PLEASE NOTE: orders limited to 5 per customer thanks.;

Current Height:10cm

Mature Height:1000cm

Spread:200cm

Hardiness:Moderately

Other sizes for Vanilla Orchid:

Vanilla Orchid - 10cm